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Gemstone Facets: Terminology and Functions

Not only do gemstone facets create beautiful patterns on gem surfaces, they also help gems shine. While gem cutters will learn all about facets, all gem enthusiasts, especially gem buyers, can benefit from learning about facet types and functions.

An Introduction to the Lapidary Arts

Lapidary is the art of working in stone. The term usually refers to the creation of small objects from gem materials. Read on to learn about the four basic lapidary arts: tumbling, cabbing, faceting, and carving.

Marketing and Selling Rare Gemstones

Looking to sell in the niche market of rare and collectible gemstones? A good strategy for marketing and selling rare gemstones will put you in touch with potential customers and pave the way for a successful business.

Chrysoprase Buying Guide

With bright, apple-green hues, chrysoprase makes an attractive, eye-catching jewelry stone. If you’re looking for a top-quality gem, read this guide before your chrysoprase buying trip to help you choose the best gem for your project.

An Introduction to Gemstone Inclusions

Gemstone inclusions are materials trapped inside gems as they form. Learn how gemologists use inclusions to help identify gemstones and their sources.

Amethyst Value, Price, and Jewelry Information

Amethyst is crystalline quartz in colors ranging from pale lilac to deep reddish purple. The February birthstone makes a fine, durable gemstone for all purposes, from jewelry to carved objects.

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